06/16/2010 11:00PM

Snowdrop cuts back for First Lady


There's a little something for every handicapper's taste Saturday in the $40,000 First Lady for fillies and mares at six furlongs at Ruidoso Downs.

For those who like fresh horses, most in the field will be coming off layoffs of six weeks or more. Fans of the turf-to-dirt angle can choose between horses who last raced at Turf Paradise and Canterbury. And for those who favor turnbacks, the field is packed with them, led by Snowdrop.

Snowdrop comes into the First Lady off a runner-up finish in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance that was run around two turns at SunRay Park on April 30. For her return to Ruidoso, Snowdrop will break from post 7.

"I think she'll fit pretty well," said Chip Woolley, who trains Snowdrop. "She kind of likes that racetrack and she's pretty fresh. I expect her to show a little more speed than usual."

Snowdrop was beaten two lengths in her last start, and she had some trouble in that race, Woolley said.

"If she gets a little better trip, she has a shot to win," he said. "She got in a little bit of traffic turning for home, it held her up. She ran huge that day. I thought it was a big effort."

Her chief rivals include Apollean, who won the $50,000 Czaria two starts ago at Sunland; Cherry One, a comebacking stakes winner who is 3 for 5; and A.P. Flatter, who in her last start was second in a $16,000 claiming race over the grass course at Turf Paradise.